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With the "Bonde" Tram Santa Teresa (San Francisco Style tramway)
To get to Casa Aurea Inn B&B is easy: you take the nostalgic streetcar from Largo do Carioca in the City Center - and the streetcar became a legend of its own, it is the last surviving streetcar in Rio, dating from 1890. The Cariocas, the inhabitants of Rio, call this historic relict respectfully "Bonde" - named after Mr. Bond (no not Mr. 007...), who brought the electric tramway to Rio.
The "Bonde" is going up Santa Teresa in kind of a James Bond stunt - climbing up the "Arcos da Lapa", a historic aquaeduct in Rio, dating from the 16th century - opening fantastic views of the city center and Lapa. There are 2 lines, both going up to Largo dos Guimarães, central meeting point of Santa Teresa. From there, the Bonde splits up: one line goes to Largo das Neves, a nice place to go out at night, the other one climbs up the hill, to Dois Irmãos, near to Corcovado.